- At odds of +850, the 5-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now the NFC team with the shortest betting line to win the Super Bowl
- Tampa Bay’s average odds were +867 entering Week 7 of the NFL season
- The line on the previously-unbeaten Seattle Seahawks lengthened from +667 to +1000
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are topping the charts and the Tom Brady doubters have grown silent.
A 45-20 drubbing of the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday by Brady and the Bucs improved NFC South leaders Tampa Bay to 5-2. Coupled with a 37-34 overtime loss by the previously-unbeaten 5-1 Seattle Seahawks, it vaulted the Buccaneers ahead of Seattle in the Super Bowl odds.
Tampa Bay is now the favorite among NFC teams in the Super Bowl 55 betting line at +850. Across the leading sportsbooks, the Bucs were at odds of +867 entering Week 7 action.
Super Bowl 55 Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||+400|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+850|
|Green Bay Packers||+1200|
|New Orleans Saints||+1300|
|Los Angeles Rams||+2100|
Odds taken Oct. 26 at FanDuel
Seattle’s odds lengthened to +1000 from +667 in this betting market.
Brady’s Legend Growing
Tossing for four touchdowns in Sunday’s win, Brady moved past his NFC South rival Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, becoming the NFL’s all-time leader with 559 TD passes. Brady has thrown for 18 TDs this season, compared to 11 by Brees.
— NFL (@NFL) October 25, 2020
After a bumpy start with his new team, Brady, 43, appears to have rediscovered his mojo. The three-time NFL MVP has fired 15 scoring passes in the past four games against just one interception.
One Brady TD on Sunday went to tight end Rob Gronkowski, the 92nd TD hookup of their NFL careers. In league history, only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison have more (114).
While the Bucs weren’t stopping, the warts that have been evident in the Seahawks’ finally got the better of Seattle. Sunday’s loss marked the third time this season that Seattle surrendered more than 30 points, and the Seahawks’ defensive shortcomings finally got the better of them.
The Seahawks (572) and Cardinals (519) featured 1,091 combined total yards, the most in a regular-season NFL game since 2013 (Raiders-Eagles had 1,102).
The Eagles and Patriots had more in Super Bowl LII (1,151). pic.twitter.com/EcVvZwO8dW
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 26, 2020
Arizona gained 519 yards against Seattle, 360 of it through the air. Seattle’s defense is tied for 29th in the NFL, allowing 6.3 yards per play.
Only Atlanta (2,334) has surrendered more passing yards than the Seahawks (2,212). And the Falcons have played one more game.
Buccaneers Latest Tampa Bay Sensation
The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Rays are playing in the World Series. Could the Buccaneers make it a Tampa Bay threepeat of title pursuits?
If so, Brady will add another chapter to his legacy. He’s won more Super Bowls (six), more Super Bowl MVPs (four), and more NFL regular-season (224) and playoff (30) games than any player in league history.
TOM BRADY IS UNREAL 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 25, 2020
However, this season he’s seeking to do what no QB has ever achieved – lead his team to a Super Bowl appearance in their home stadium. Super Bowl 55 is slated for Feb. 7th at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs last week signed talented but frequently troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown, who’s tight with Brady. Brown just finished serving his most recent NFL suspension for off-the-field legal problems.
The question is which AB will be arriving in TB? Will it be the seven-time Pro Bowl selection who’s twice led the league in pass-reception yardage and once in TD receptions?
Jay Glazer says that Bruce Arians' message to Antonio Brown is: "Be a team player, or be gone."
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 25, 2020
Or will it be the Brown who with his diva antics has worn out his welcome in all three of his previous NFL homes?
Last season, Brown was released by both the Raiders and New England Patriots.
Still Work To Be Done
Brady was quick to note that there’s a long way to go yet for the Buccanneers, and he’s right. They face a Week 9 rematch with the Saints, one of two teams to beat Tampa Bay.
There’s also the matter of Nick Foles. Brady has never beaten him, including a loss this season, and Chicago looms as a potential NFC playoff opponent.
Having fun in Vegas 😁 pic.twitter.com/w9Ote3Fvnp
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 25, 2020
Betting Tampa Bay to win the NFC Championship at +400 – the same odds as the Seahawks, interestingly enough – wouldn’t be a bad play. But the Super Bowl title is going to the AFC.
Kansas City, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are all better teams than the Bucs. If it’s value you seek, the unbeaten Steelers at +950 are currently the better bet.
Let's have fun and keep it civil.